The Next Society Elevator Roadshow

November 16, 2017 at 8:30 am
Till: November 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Beirut Digital District - BDD1280

The Elevator Roadshow is THE NEXT SOCIETY movement launch event in MENA countries where innovation ecosystem stakeholders gather to celebrate creativity, leadership, sustainable solutions and forward-looking partnership.

It is organised by Berytech in Lebanon with the financial support of the European Union.

This event will introduce the services delivered within Three Booster Tracks designed for entrepreneurs, cluster managers and technology transfer office managers.


Three Booster Tracks

Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to apply and take part in the pitch session to access the Start-up Booster Track services and scale their venture. Learn more to apply. Who can attend? Open to all. Only pre-selected start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch in front of the audience.

Cluster managers are invited to join the Cluster Booster Track workshop to learn more about the spirit and methodology of our cluster peer-to-peer learning services. Check the Cluster Booster Track Flyer. Who can attend? Clusters, technology parks, innovation hubs, business federations, sector federations.

TTO managers can attend the TTO Booster Track workshop to share with peers their challenges and needs and learn about their capacity-building services developed for them. Who can attend? Technology transfer offices, research centres, innovation labs.

Elevator Roadshow Agenda – November 16, 2017

TNS – Bereytech Elevator Roadshow_Agenda


Conference (Morning session)


8:30 – 9:00 Welcome & Registration


9:10-9:40 Welcome Speeches

General Manager of Beirut Digital District, Mohamed Rabbah

Chairman & CEO of Berytech, Maroun N. Chammas

EU Ambassador, H.E. Christina Lassen


09:40-10:00 Introducing THE NEXT SOCIETY

Project presentation, Anima Investment Network

Keynote Speaker, Hassane Slaibi, CoFounder of Band Industries

Introducing the Program of the day, Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy GM from Berytech


10:00-10:50 Start-up pitching session

The Start-up Booster Track is a flexible support programme for entrepreneurs in the MENA region with the aim of supporting them to bridge with key markets: Europe, Africa, Gulf, and USA. The track is open for innovative early stage start-ups with impact-driven solutions. Seven shortlisted applicants will pitch.


10.50-11:00 Coffee Break                


11:00-11:50 Panel Discussion: The Next Innovators, Shaping the Future in the Mediterranean

The panel will be discussing the status, challenges and growth opportunities for the Lebanese innovation ecosystem focusing on 3 building blocks: startups, clustering and technology transfer and the support offered by THE NEXT SOCIETY for these three tracks

Moderator: Souhail Khoury – Berytech Fund II

Participants from Lebanon:

  • Boudy Nasralla representing Beirut Creative Cluster
  • Priscilla Elora Sharuk representing Myki
  • Ali Ghandour representing CNRS

Foreign Participants:

  • Thanaa Khasawneh representing Mowgli Monitoring
  • Mathias Fillon representing Anima
  • Alain Tubiana representing France Clusters


11:50-12:00 Announcement of the Start-up Booster Track winners

Awards distribution


12:00-13:30 Lunch Break


Thematic workshops (Afternoon parallel sessions)


13:30-16:30 Clusters Booster Track workshop

Facilitators: Alain Tubiana & Sara Botti (France Clusters)

Conceived as a specific session to gather clusters, innovation hubs and techno parks managers as well as similar business networks’ representatives at country level, the workshop will explore a common cluster management issue previously identified by Lebanese cluster/network managers through a dedicated questionnaire, and encourage the share the experiences between peers, with the help of our experts. The intent is to show the relevance of the Cluster Booster Track opportunities by giving some concrete clues to cluster/network’ managers.


13:30-16:30 TTO Booster Track workshop

Facilitator: Mathias Fillon (Anima Investment Network)

This session aims to mobilise a group of Technology Transfer experts and Office managers interested to benefit from capacity building opportunities, supporting the creation and growth of technology transfer units in Lebanon. The workshop will include an interactive discussion:

  • Presenting the TTO status and challenges in Lebanon and exploring solutions and recommendations for the support of these structures.
  • Presenting the Next society ambitions and opportunities regarding the technology transfer booster track action plan.


13:30-16:30 Mentoring Awareness session

Facilitators: Thanaa Khasawneh & Christine Francis (Mowgli Mentoring)

The session aims to raise awareness about mentoring, its meaning as well as its importance and value in driving economic development and social change. The sessions provide clarity around the differences between mentoring, coaching, training and consulting as well as the importance, benefits and impact of mentoring for both mentors and mentees, provide clear information regarding the program, its benefits and commitment requirements. These sessions are a key component of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accredited Mowgli Mentoring syllabus.


16:30-17:00 Free networking


Investors, business support organisations, innovation bloggers, start-up lovers will also be there to join the movement and connect with THE NEXT SOCIETY.

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THE NEXT SOCIETY is an open community of change-makers engaged in innovation and economic development. It gathers entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from Europe and the Mediterranean countries.

THE NEXT SOCIETY gathers a large network of over 300 business and innovation, research and investment organisations, 2,500 international SMEs and entrepreneurs from 30 countries.

THE NEXT SOCIETY is launching a four-year action plan (2017-2020), co-funded by the EU with up to 90% for a global amount of EUR 7.8 million budget

For more information, read about the objectives of THE NEXT SOCIETY.